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Picture Perfect Green Grass!

As a Tyler, TX Real Estate Photographer, it is important to me that I provide the client with a clean image with no visible distractions or photographic issues.  No matter how technically good a photo is, overcoming a bad lawn is just about impossible when comes time to show the house.   Having been a Smith County Master Gardener, I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about green grass. These are our Picture Perfect Green Grass tips for photographers to pass on over to their customers. I hope they help.  

1. Watering: Water early in the morning and avoid night watering as it can lead to disease.  I like to water less frequently, but for a longer duration. The longer duration ensures that the water goes deep, the lower frequency prompts roots too search deeper for water.  Watering more frequently causes roots to stay mostly near the surface and as a result, when drought comes or a missed watering day, the plant is less tolerant. Automatic sprinklers are best for the exact amount of saturation.

2. Mowing: Mow your lawn once a week keeping it from 3 to 4 inches in height to keep weeds at bay. Some lawn care professionals pay no attention to this and every client gets the same cut regardless of grass type.  You want a lawn care pro with a dedicated residential crew.

3. Weed Prevention: We’re talking broadleaf and grassy weeds. They all cost money to get rid of but once gone it is a easy process for the home-owner to maintain. If, however you have established weeds, consult a local pro and start a regimen of pre and post emergents to gain control of and eliminate weeds.  There is an old adage that goes, ” one year’s seed equals three years’ weeds.”  A good lawn pro is well worth the investment.  The same as with mowing, You want a lawn care pro with a dedicated residential crew. It not unimaginable that a crew could cut the lot behind your local xyz store which was full of weed and then drive over to you home to shack all the weed seeds off in your yard.

4. Soil: Poor quality soil ph and nutrient issues can lead to thin and patchy lawns. Each spring have your soil tested so you can provide the nutrients that are missing so it remains balanced to keep grass healthy. Your County Extension can provide you a soil sample kit, which is then sent in for university analysis. They will send you a report specifying what is needed for you soil and grass type.

5. Fertilizing: In the spring fertilize your lawn using a 20-5-10 slow release mix and apply it with a broadcast spreader. To ensure proper, even spreading apply it tire to tire up and down the lawn so you don’t have any burn marks. Read the instructions so you apply water properly as some fertilizers such as granule mixes usually recommend a good soaking prior to spreading the fertilizer.

6. Winter Green: Have you seen real estate photography made in the winter? Flat, dull, boring. If your selling in the winter, the last thing you want to have is a brown lawn or a bunch of mud holes. Over-seed with winter rye to have a beautiful green lawn during the winter.  It’s not that expensive and many lawn care companies offer this a part of their routine annual service. If your lawn is full but just a bit dull, then 360-Media Real Estate Photography and Marketing can certainly retouch your photos. But you could also consider adding iron to your lawn for a very fast green up. 

Hop on over to http://www.360-media.us/, to see our full line of photographic and marketing services for real estate agents in the Dallas and East Texas market. Our Virtual Tours are AMAZING to look at and come preloaded with POWERFUL marketing tools thanks to Fusion Virtual Tour Software by RTV.

Dave Hall
Owner-Photographer
Office: 903.502.0360
iPhone: 903.253.3979 (Primary)
www.360-Media.us
Property Marketing Experts


Traverse City Drone & Virtual Tour Company Offers Online Booking!

At BlueLaVaMedia, we’re excited to inform our followers of a few new features that are now available to you for your next real estate virtual tour shoot or Traverse City Drone Session. First please direct your web browser to www.BlueLaVaMedia.com From there navigate to our real estate pricing page off the upper navigation section of our virtual tour company website.

Here you’re going to see all of our real estate virtual tour packages as well as our new stand alone drone virtual tour packages that we’ve just added. At BlueLaVaMedia we have four professional real estate virtual tour packages starting with our BlueLaVa basic tour at just $125 to our popular full house photo package.  While you’re on the order page please be sure to check out our all new Aerial Drone Virtual Tour packages for those of you that would like to have a stand alone aerial drone production made. Starting at only $200 you can get our Highlights aerial drone package that will come with ten professional aerial drone images. Care to add some video? Get our new premier drone virtual tour package for $259, and we’ll deliver up to twenty aerial drone photos and up to three minutes of aerial drone video footage. Our new aerial drone virtual tour packages are perfect for those of you that would like to market a property using only our aerial drone marketing with our powerful virtual tour player. http://fusion.realtourvision.com/192466

All of our virtual tour packages as well as our new standalone aerial drone packages come with images that you can use on your website and on the MLS. We also incorporate all of your media, into our HTML 5 interactive virtual tour player that you will be able to put onto the MLS as well as link onto your own website. Best of all, you’ll receive a weekly traffic report showing all the visits that your listing has received in the past seven days. https://fusion.realtourvision.com/report/trafficreport.php?tourid=469165 We strongly encourage you to share this email report with your sellers. It’s an incredibly powerful weekly communication tool between you and your clients!

To save you time we have recently added a booking system to allow you to book your real estate photo shoot and aerial drone session. BlueLaVaMedia now has five professional real estate photographers and two certified aerial drone pilots on our growing team. This new feature will save you precious email time and of course lots of back and forth phone coordination required for us to get you on our books. To book with us, simply click our book now button on the corresponding package you would like to order, and your shoot will be added to our queue that day. You will instantly be next in line to receive a phone call from one of our representatives to schedule your shoot!

Next, it’s important to note to you that we now have both short and long aerial drone add-ons available with the purchase of any of our professional photography packages. Scroll down on our real estate pricing page to our Add-Ons section and you can choose between a short aerial drone add on that will come with up to six aerial drone images and up to one minute of video footage. For those of you that need more, choose our Long Add-On drone package that will come with up to twenty images and up to three minutes of video footage! After you use the booking system for your photography shoot, please be sure to also book your add-on drone session!

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about our all new Zillow Video walkthrough offering. We are proud to say that BlueLaVaMedia is the ONLY Zillow certified photography agency here in Northern Michigan. Order a Zillow video walkthrough for any of your single family home properties and it will show at the very top of the Zillow search results. Your listing will always show up at the top of the Zillow search results when you add this powerful add-on to any of your single family home tours. Did you know that Zillow gets just over 150 million visitors a month compared to Realtor.com’s 30 million visits? That’s five times the traffic. Put your listings in the limelight today with our new Zillow video walkthrough! 

As always, thanks for your continued support and we’re always just a phone call away if you need us. Check out the BlueLaVaMedia app in the App store for Apple or droid or call us at 231-946-1360. Thanks and have a great day!

Sincerely,

Team BlueLaVa

Order a Traverse City Virtual Tour Today – 231-946-1360


The State of UAV Drone Photography Laws & Real Estate Marketing in 2017 Webinar

Aerial Drone Photography ServiceIf you are working in the real estate photography industry, you already know how popular aerial drone photography is. Perhaps you have felt a bit intimidated by the licensing requirements and testing, or you weren’t sure you would receive enough work to justify the investment. If you can identify with either of these dilemmas or you weren’t sure where to begin, RTV’s next webinar just for you.

Join Alan Perlman of Drone Pilot Ground School and Jason LaVanture Vice President of RTV and owner of BlueLaVaMedia (Traverse City Drone Company) on June 20th, at 7:00 pm EST for The Formula 80, as they discuss the current state of licensing regulations in the United States, and share their experiences on how to set up a profitable aerial drone photography program. Drone Pilot Ground School has a proven track record teaching folks just like you what they need to know to pass their part 107 exam, and how to operate safely as well as how to handle airspace restrictions. Best of all they offer Real Tour Vision virtual tour software providers a special discount for their program.

RTV has seen a dramatic increase in interest in aerial drone photography with their national photography services and has begun offering this aerial drone services across the US. With new clients being brought on board every day, the time is right for our virtual tour photographers to be ready to jump on these drone photography orders, but they must be appropriately licensed and insured. Photographers who tune into the show will learn all they need to know to get on track to become a fully licensed commercial aerial drone operators.

Adding aerial photos and videos are an excellent addition to the services you already offer. Our interactive virtual tour software provides the perfect platform to display your professional imagery, aerial drone videos and more. Join us and learn how you can take advantage of Alan’s generous offer to RTV photographers, and how offering aerial photography services can help you grow as a business. If you are not currently an RTV photographer please take a moment to set up your free virtual tour software trial account and discover powerful tools to help take your business to the next level!

To learn more about and register for this webinar, please visit our webinar information page.

We hope you can join us!

 

Sincerely,

 

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Hotel Photography

Order a virtual tour – 231-947-8687

 

 


The Value of a Pre-shoot Checklist

Hello RTV virtual tour providers! A Pre-shoot checklist holds immense value for the virtual tour photographer. It’s always a great feeling to walk onto a location for a real estate photography shoot and see that every detail your Pre-shoot Checklist has been covered.  It makes the whole process go much smoother and leaves the brain free for creative thinking, and to pay attention to the technical details of the photo shoot.

For any given image, the photographer has a myriad of tasks and details to be concerned with. Camera angle, diverging lines, composition, white balance, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, lighting, and the list goes on.  With so many critical details to attend, it is easy to miss little things, like a wrinkle on a bed spread, the distracting floral arrangement that obscures a key element, or a bulb out in a hallway.

A well laid out Pre-shoot Checklist is valuable because it will work to cure many of the repeat issues we see when shooting a property. I like to follow through with my agent to ensure that the home owner has in fact received a copy of the checklist.  I encourage my agents to hold off on the shoot until all items on the list can be completed.  The most frustrating thing for me for real estate photography, is showing up and neither the agent or home owner has ensured all bulbs are working prior to shoot time.  

Another value of the Pre-shoot Checklist is marketing.  Make your checklist attractive and include your branding.  An attractive and informative checklist will be retained by agents. Brand your checklist with web and phone numbers. Include a call to action.  Keep your name in front of the customer.  On my website, www.360-Media.us, I provide all visitors a free download of our checklist. The customer is required to enter their email prior to download.  We use the emails in further marketing for our Tyler, Texas Virtual Tour Company

Final thought on the value of a Pre-shoot Checklist.  A good checklist, is another way to serve the client.  It’s the first step in making sure the final product meets the expectations they have of you.  The checklist is also another key part of relationship building with your client.  So, in closing, I encourage my fellow RTV virtual tour software customers to dust off your checklist and see how you can use it to better serve your client and smooth out your shoots at the same time.

FL virtual tour provider

 

 

Dave Hall
Owner-Photographer
Office: 903.502.0360
iPhone: 903.253.3979 (Primary)
Order Professional Real Estate Photography  – www.360-Media.us
Property Marketing Experts


RTV Adds Virtual Tour Software Programmer!

Virtual Tour Software ProgrammerRTV Virtual Tour Company is proud welcome Erik Jacobson to our growing programming team. Erik comes to RTV with several years of experience under his belt and will be primarily focused on addressing your enhancement requests and bug fixes in the Fusion virtual tour system. Erik’s first task here is to make your Fusion virtual tours secure (HTTPS) and take our virtual tour manager secure (HTTPS). After that we’ll be having him expedite the many updates and features our customers have requested. Keep an eye out for update announcements to start rolling out very soon.

Tyler, Russ and Tom are currently working very hard to get our new responsive virtual tour player out of beta mode and into prime time for you. We expect that we’ll have narration, floor plans, hot spots and a new Ken Burns transition live for previewing on the mobile tour next week. Thank you to all of our dedicated customers for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Team RTV

Virtual Tour Software & National Photography Services
Order a Virtual Tour – 866-947-8687
www.RealTourVision.com